The eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will seek another crown at the All England Club this July, hoping to play at his best and stand as the title contender. Roger claimed the junior Wimbledon crown in 1998 and reached the quarter-final three years later after stunning the seven-time winner Pete Sampras in five thrilling sets. From 2003, Roger was a player to beat at Wimbledon for ten years, securing seven titles until 2012 and entering the record books as one of the ultimate legends of the world’s most prestigious event. Federer’s eighth and so far the last Wimbledon crown came in 2017, with another title clash coming two years ago, just before the 38th birthday. Turning the clock around, Federer stood a point away from the ninth Wimbledon crown, having two match points on serve against Novak Djokovic. Like many times before, the Serb produced a marvelous comeback and defeated Roger in five thrilling sets after nearly five hours of an epic battle.
A lot has changed since that encounter, and Federer will return to Wimbledon this June with only a couple of tournaments in his legs since the last year’s Australian Open. The Swiss underwent knee surgery in February 2020, requiring another in May and deciding to skip the rest of the season. Working hard on his game and starting from the beginning in October, Federer shaped his form until this March, when he returned to action in Doha, competing for the first time in 13 months. Roger defeated Daniel Evans in the second round before squandering a match point vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarters.
Barbara Schett spoke about Roger Federer’s chances at this year’s Wimbledon.
The Swiss took more time off the court and entered the season’s second tournament at home in Geneva on clay, wasting a 4-2 advantage in the decider versus Pablo Andujar in the first match. Federer will now play Roland Garros ahead of his beloved grass swing, hoping to get back at 100% by Wimbledon and fight for the trophy. Former world no. 7 Barbara Schett would love to see Roger winning another Wimbledon crown, although she understands how challenging that task is after such a long break.
“In my opinion, both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will win more Major titles than Roger Federer. They both seem physically fine to me, and I think Novak will overcome both Roger and Rafa in the upcoming years. One of the elements in the GOAT race is undoubtedly the number of Major titles; I guess that is how they will be judged. They have all played simultaneously, and at the end of the day, the numbers count. We have to pay tribute to all three. The three of them, it is unbelievable what they have done for our sport; we will never experience anything like this again. If they win 21, 22 or 23, it doesn’t matter. Maybe Roger believes he can win Wimbledon one more time, but that will be tough at his age and having been away for so long. I would love to see Roger win Wimbledon again. He must believe he can do it, or he wouldn’t be playing. Still, he has been out for so long, and his body is going to hurt when he plays best-of-five encounters,” Barbara Schett said.